Oraon tribals

  • They are native of West Bengal.
  • They live in Dooars (alluvial floodplains in northeastern India that lie south of outer foothills of Himalayas and north of Brahmaputra River basin).
  • Their language is Kurukh, a language belonging to the Dravidian family.
  • Kurukh is spoken by about 17 lakh people (2001 census report) of the Oraon tribes of Chota Nagpur plateau of east-central India.
  • The language has been listed “vulnerable” state in UNESCO’s list of endangered languages.
  • Why in news? WB has given official language status to Kurukh

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